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August 21, 2012
PORTLAND, Ore., Aug. 21, 2012—The Portland Group (PGI), a wholly-owned subsidiary of STMicroelectronics and the leading independent supplier of compilers and tools for high-performance computing, today announced the release of PGCL 12.7. PGCL is the PGI OpenCL framework for multi-core ARM-based Systems-on-Chips (SoCs), currently available on ST-Ericsson NovaThor™ platforms. PGCL includes a PGI OpenCL compiler for multi-core ARM CPUs as a compute device and complements OpenCL for GPUs.
“This significant update to the PGI OpenCL compiler includes support for several new performance-oriented technologies along with basic debugging support, and reflects our continuing commitment to bring PGI compiler technologies developed in the high-performance computing (HPC) market to the ARM platform,” said Douglas Miles, director, The Portland Group.
New PGCL 12.7 Features
PGCL is an OpenCL framework for compiling and running OpenCL 1.1 embedded profile applications on the ST-Ericsson NovaThor™ U8500 and follow-on platforms using a single ARM core as the OpenCL host and multiple ARM cores as an OpenCL compute device. The PGI OpenCL framework runs on Linux/x86 compilation host platforms and is integrated with the Android NDK toolchain to generate binary executables for ST-Ericsson NovaThor platforms running the Android operating system.
About NovaThor Platforms
ST-Ericsson’s NovaThor platforms fully integrate application engines, modems and connectivity chipsets that allow device manufacturers to quickly roll out advanced smartphones and tablets with advanced multimedia capabilities. The NovaThor platform is the first integrated smartphone platform to offer the latest SMP (Symmetric Multi-Processing) dual core technology in a high-performance, low power and cost-optimized package, enabling an immersive multimedia experience for next-generation smartphones. Both cores are identical and can be used independently or combined as one processing engine.
More information on the NovaThor platforms is available from ST-Ericsson at http://www.stericsson.com/products/smartphone-platforms.jsp
OpenCL is a programming model for heterogenous computing systems comprised of CPUs, GPUs and other computing devices, and has been standardized by Khronos and adopted by a number of CPU and GPU manufacturers including Intel, AMD/ATI, NVIDIA and Imagination Technologies. PGCL is the first OpenCL compiler for Android targeting multi-core ARM processors as an OpenCL compute device. ARM processors power the vast majority of mobile and embedded computing platforms.
PGCL conforms to the OpenCL specification. OpenCL and the OpenCL logo are trademarks of Apple Inc. used with permission by Khronos.
Price and Availability
PGI OpenCL targeting ST-Ericsson NovaThor platforms including code examples and sample Dalvik applications is freely available by registering on The Portland Group website at www.pgroup.com/pgcl.
About The Portland Group
The Portland Group, a wholly-owned subsidiary of STMicroelectronics, is the premier supplier of high-performance parallel Fortran, C, and C++ compilers and tools for workstations, servers, and clusters based on x64 processors from Intel and AMD, and GPUs accelerators from NVIDIA. PGI also develops products for ST and ST-Ericsson embedded processors. Further information on The Portland Group products can be found at www.pgroup.com, by calling Sales at (503) 682-2806, or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Source: The Portland Group
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